5 Mar 2008


13 Translations into English (I hope I did better in the past !)

1. Bathroom light operates with motion sensor. Turns off approx. 15 minutes after last registered motion.

2. Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
- English well talking.
- Here speeching American.

3. In a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

4. In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.

5. In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

6. In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

7. In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

8. In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours - we guarantee no miscarriages.

9. In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

10. In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

11. In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

12. In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

13. In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.


Forgetfulone said...

That was funny! Thanks for the laugh!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Oh, I loved those, Gattina...what a laugh. Actually a friend of mine used to teach English as a second language to migrants here in Australia.

One day, he was explaining something and said, "One school of thought says blah, blah, blah and another school of thought says..."

One of the migrants asked, "Please, where is this school of thought?"

Anonymous said...

I love translations! They crack me up.

Anonymous said...

#3 is especially delightful.

pussreboots said...

Funny list. Happy TT.

Robin said...

I love stuff like that. Reading menus here used to be great fun, but these days more restaurants have an English speaker proofread them first and they've gotten somewhat dull. This reminds me of a brochure I got a few years ago advertising a course in "spiking English" - at least it wasn't a course in reading and writing!

MaR said...

Oh, I love translations, lol!! I think my favorite one is number 4 !
Great list Gattina!
Now I am off to my Pilates! class, I

SandyCarlson said...

Funny list, Gattina. I won't have any children in the bar, I promise!

Sonny said...

Thanks for the laugh!
Quite funny.

Happy Thursday, please visit my TT: Spring has sprung over at my blog.

&hearts Sonny

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giggle.

Maribeth said...

Oh Gattina, these are so funny! I think you must enter them in the "Hall of Fame" for good jokes!!!

Ivanhoe said...

Thank you for the laugh! Happy TT!

Jane said...

Those are hysterical! I was particularly interested in the Methodist Dentists in Hong Kong since I am Methodist!!!!
It is always interesting to see how English is 'mis'interpreted in a foreign language. I am sure that we Americans do the same to other languages!!!
Thanks for the laugh this morning!
My T13 is finally posted!

Unknown said...

Specialist in women and other diseases???


Happy TT!

Hootin' Anni said...

I am laughing soooooooooo hard. I ache. I especially like 4, 5, 6, and 9!!!!

OMG, I'm totally worn out. That was a good one.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like Bush talking.

I read that Mcain is stiff that way because he was tortured as a prison of war during Vietnam and was made to hold his arms up for long periods of time.

Lazy Daisy said...

I loved these....how funny. Translations are so funny when taken literally. Thanks for the giggle.

Linda said...

Those were so funny. I've heard English is the most difficult language to learn so it's understandable why this happens.

Thanks for the laugh!!

Jersey - The Furry Diva said...

My hoomans seem to travel LOTS with that Copenhagen airline!

Happy TT, Miss Gattina!

Vlado&Toni said...

this is hilarious! :)

TorAa said...

These Language confusions are really hillarious. I think I will follow all these signs. LOL.

Melli said...

ROFLMBO!!! Oh Gattina! These are gooooood! I am staying OUT of Rhodes altogether! And I DO hate it when I'm in a bar having children! I MUCH prefer the hospital for this purpose!

j said...

Gattina, you are my kind of Gal! I think you like to laugh as much as I do!!!! Great Thurs. 13 - I giggled my way through it! Jen

Britni said...

Wow they completely botched some of those. But when I have a kid I sure hope it's not in a bar in a foreign country. Glad it's a rule I can't.

Barb said...

Translations are hyterical! I must admit that I have had to tootle with vigor at times.

Sandee said...

Bwahahahahahaha. These are a riot Gattina. Thanks for my morning laughs. Have a great TT. :)

Karla Porter Archer said...

this is so funny! I love little snippets like these.

Happy T13!


Tink said...

*LOL* They are great!
Thanks for visiting my inspiring people TT.

Junebug said...

So funny.

Peter said...

I finally remembered to come and have a look, you're right they are very funny.